Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado's War to Save American Wilderness
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Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado's War to Save American Wilderness

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Rod Coronado was already one of America’s most notorious radical environmentalists when he launched Operation Bite Back, a war on fur farming that left a trail of burned-out labs and farms across the country and made him the subject of an intense, years-long FBI manhunt. Now his legacy has made him part of a legal battle over whether or not radical environmentalists should...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Bloomsbury USA
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Chloe
One of my favorite aspects of being a die-hard bibliophile is finding just the right book to read at the time that I would be most receptive to its subject matter. I received an arc of this book several years ago but, due to the various exigencies of daily living, it sat on my to-read stack untouched and gathering dust until I rediscovered it while cleaning a few weeks back. What a timely rediscovery this was! While it's been said so many times that it has become a cliche, I find a lot of truth...more
Nancy
Aug 11, 2009 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nancy by: Goodreads giveaway
This is a well researched even handed biography of Rod Coronado and the Animal Liberation Front. There is also some information on activities of the Earth Liberation Front. Dean Kuipers has reported on Coronado and other environmental activists for 18 years and that shows. His access to this movement over a long period of time gives him insights that many biographers lack. Kuipers does not present Coronado as any kind of saint. He reports the actions and emotions of both Coronado and of people w...more
Merrikay
This book tells the story of Rod Coronado, a legend in the Animal Rights Movement, who worked with the Animal Liberation Front, other organizations and independently. I found this story fascinating for several reasons. First, it showed Coronado's development as an activist, spurred by his spiritual develoment. He became involved in animal rights at a young age, late teens being his first deliberate activism. It tells of his initial non-violent activities, and their escalation. He begins conserva...more
Kezia
A must-have for anyone who follows social justice movements, First Nations, environmental or animal rights issues. As a journalist Kuipers maintains appropriate distance from his subjects, only occasionally breaking the 'fourth wall.' Much ground is covered, from the early Earth First!ers to the present-day Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which classifies animal and environmental activists as domestic terrorists. Some details of his primary subject's life and work are discarded or glossed over,...more
Tracy
In the late 1980s and the '90s environmental and animal-rights activist Rod Coronado committed a series of direct actions, mostly targeting university research centers that housed wild animals like mink and coyotes.

Written by Dean Kuipers, a journalist who has followed the animal-rights and environmental movements for decades, "Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado's War to Save American Wilderness" details Coronado's path from saboteur to arsonist to peaceful Native American activist.

The book is a...more
Derek Emerson
Kuipers' book explores a world known to few, but intensely followed by environmentalists on one hand and the FBI on another. Actually, it is not fair to paint this as an us vs. them book, since the actions of Rod Coronado, the subject of the book, splits even the environmentalists.

Coronado is an environmental activist who eventually began breaking into areas where animals were held and freeing them before burning down research centers. His radical beliefs have made him a folk hero among some, a...more
Heather
However you may feel about "eco-terrorism" and/or animal rights, this book makes for a very informative read. Kuipers takes us through Coronado's adult life, weaving together Rod's personal, spiritual and activist ethics, while giving a correlating history of the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), PETA, Earth First!, and ELF organizations, among others. We learn about Rod's Yaqui heritage, and his quest to become more connected with it. We learn about the moral rifts within the members of the (above...more
Brian
Amazing and inspiring story of Rod Coronado's life of activism on behalf of animals, the earth and his Native American sisters and brothers. Dean Kuipers' writing was top-notch and engaging with just enough detail to help understand both the political and legal issues covered here. The sympathetic bias of the author was --for me-- very appreciated and it made it hard not to cheer when the mink farms burned, lynx and cougar hunts were disrupted, or the animal torture labs were sabotaged. Rod's re...more
Karen Snyder
If you haven't read this you should! Excellent find! A great exploration into the heartfelt soul and movement.
Sarah
This is a well-written, even-handed discussion of the events of the eco-radical movement, focusing on Rod Coronado's efforts. It was very interesting, informative, and even thrilling. It was a pleasure to read and I learned so much about this incendiary topic that is often thrown to the wayside in political discussions. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants more than just a 'good read'!
Jeannie
Aug 12, 2011 Jeannie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in the animal rights movement
Recommended to Jeannie by: won in GR giveway
I won this book in a GR giveaway last year and I'm ashamed to admit it has taken me this long to read it!
This book was right up my alley, animal rights and the movement have always been dear to my heart. I found it very interesting and learned even more than I already knew about this subject. All in all very well written, very informative and eye-opening and a pleasure to read!
Kim
Interesting insights into "eco-terrorism" (how can there be terrorism when no people are targets, just property?) and the distinctions between the deep environmental and radical animal rights movements. I really enjoyed this book. Not great, but good summer reading.
Kim
Not as good as I thought it was going to be. It dose raise some good points but really hard for me to get into. Maybe it just wasn't my kind of book.
Leeann
Aug 08, 2009 Leeann marked it as to-read
08/08/09: Won a copy of this via GR! Pretty exciting! Not sure when I'll get around to it but it certainly looks fascinating.
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